Now, Donovan is seeking a second chance, and this article notes that the judge who presided over the trial, supports commutation of the sentence to allow for the possibility of parole. The family of the victim also supports the application. But, Walker writes:
The prospects of reaching that point are not good, statistically speaking. Patrick has not granted a single commutation. The Parole Board has only recommended one, for Arnie King, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Patrick rejected their recommendation.The piece then proceeds to blame the "politics" of Willie Horton for this dearth of clemency, but it seems much more appropriate to blame the "politics" of Maurice Clemens at this point. The Horton case never was as clear cut as mere citation might suggest. Democrats, for example, were the first to draw attention to the case, not Republicans. Second, the Horton case was just as much about reform of the law as it was alternative release mechanisms. But the sloppy media mauling of Mike Huckabee, in the more recent case of Clemens sent a more stark, realistic picture of what the Nation's journalists are willing to do / write in order to build up a headline. See story here.